Tombstone Tuesday – Rosana (Shackford) York (1824-1910) of Waterbury, Vermont (Blog 494)

Rosana Shackford, the daughter of Samuel and Susanna (Hobbs) Shackford was born August 25, 1824 in Duxbury, Vermont.  She was seven when her father died, 10 when her mother married Ezra French, and 16 when she married 33 year old Alfred York, the son of John Bradbury and Mary Polly (Emerson) York in Waterbury, Vermont on June 23, 1841.  Albert had six children from a previous marriage – Bradbury, George, Daniel W, Ann, Jonas, and John W.  We have not yet learned what happened to Albert’s first wife Abigail (Watson) York.

In 1850 George, Jonas, and John were living with Alfred and Rosana.  After George died in Virginia during the Civil War, his youngest daughter Lizzie moved in with Alfred and Rosana.

Alfred died on August 4, 1890 in Waterbury and was buried in the Hope Cemetery in Waterbury, Vermont.  His will which was written in 1886 mentioned his children Bradbury York, Ann Simonds, Janus York, John W. York, Daniel York and his grandchildren  Lizzie York and Imagine Jones, both children of his son George York who died in the Civil War.

Death Record Rosanna Shackford FamilySearch

Rosana died at the age of 85 on August 4, 1890 of uranemia and nephritis.  She had been living in the home of her step-granddaughter Lizzie and her step-great-granddaughter Rosie.

Gravestone Rosana Shackford Parkes - permission to use from Vermont Grave Walker

 

Rosana was buried in the Waterbury Cemetery in Waterbury, Vermont. Thank you to Vermont Grave Walker who gave permission to share a copy of the photo of Rosana’s gravestone in this blog.

Rosana’s wrote a will  and two codicils between Dec 11, 1897 and May 19, 1910 which mention her step-granddaughter Mrs Lizzie Gibson, her step-great granddaughter Rosie Gibson, Mrs Malinda Hart, her sister Susanna Sabrina Lanfair of Deerfield, Mass., (her only living sibling), Mrs Mandana Dillingham (her niece), Malanda Hart (her niece), Samuel Hart (her nephew), the Freewill Baptist Home Mission Society, the Freewill Baptist Foreign Mission Society, her step-son John W York, her step-son Jonas M. York and Samuel S. Foster., Emogene Jones, and step-grandson Fred E. York. She also left a legacy to the Waterbury cemetery to maintain the Alfred York gravesites.

Children:

None

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SOURCES:

1850 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury, page 609 (handwritten), 305 (stamped), dwelling 1969, family 1977, Alfred York; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 May 2019).

1860 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury, Page No 187, dwelling 1425, family 1520, Alfred York; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2019).

1870 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury, Page No 32, dwelling 250, family 273, Alfred York; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2019).

1880 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury, enumeration district (ED) 218, Page No 45, dwelling 477, family 578, Alfred York; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2019).

1900 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury Village, enumeration district (ED) 239, Sheet No 9, dwelling 226, family 252, Rozanna York; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2019).

1910 US Federal Census, Washington County, population schedule, Waterbury Village, enumeration district (ED) 237, Sheet No 14A, Rosanna York in home of Lizzie A Gibson; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2019).

“Shackford Genealogy Manuscript,” 13 October 1925; SG SGA 5; Shackford collection by Samuel Burnham Shackford; New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. (56) William Shackford, Shackford Genealogy Manuscript, #251 Rosanna Shackford

Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2V7N-9BN, Rosana York, 19 May 1910; digital images, FamilySearch(www.familysearch.org : accessed 25 December 2015).

Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V8MB-BBM, Rosana Shackford/Alfred York, 23 June 1841; digital images, FamilySearch(www.familysearch.org : accessed 5 June 2013).

“Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999,” digital images, Ancestry(www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2019), Alfred York; page 102-104.

“Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999,” digital images, Ancestry(www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2019), Rosana York.

Updated June 12 adding Alfred’s death

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Christopher Shackford’s Marriage Intention to Miss Mehitable Maddox Published in Sanford, Maine on Sept 21, 1838 (Blog 489)

Christopher Shackford, the son of Samuel and Charity (Cousens) Shackford was born on April 3, 1809 in Sanford, Maine.  His marriage intention to Mehitable Maddox of Kennebunkport was published in the Sanford Town Minutes on September 21, 1838

christopher shackford mehitible maddox marriage intention maine, maine vital records, 1670-1921, sanford town record, film # 007724810, image 502 of 797, christopher shackf53 Record of the Publishment of Christopher Shackford
Mr Christopher Shackford of Sanford &
Miss Mehitable Maddox of Kennebunkport
Intend Marriage – Sanford Sept. 21, 1838 –
Attest Timothy Shaw, Town Clerk
Certificate Dated
Oct 8, 1838

christopher shackford mehitible maddox intention of marriage maine marriages, 1771-1907, digital images with index, familysearch (http-::familysearch.org kennebunkTheir marriage intention was also reported in the Kennebunk Town Records the next day: Mr Christopher Shackford of Sanford, and Miss Mehitable Maddox of Kennebunk intend marriage Septbr 22, 1838.

Their Oct 10, 1838 marriage was recorded in Kennebunkport on October 19, 1838:  christopher shackford m mehitable maddox town and vital records, 1678-1891, digital images, familysearch (http-::familysearch.org - accessed 25 january 2019), c1838
Oct 19 Christopher Shackford Sanford 1838
Mehitible Maddox Kennebunk October 10 Rev Timot Wolcott
Attest Joshua Herrick Town Clerk

Christopher was living in Sanford, Maine in 1840 with his 79 year old father Samuel Shackford, a Revolutionary War Soldier and served as a selectman in York in 1850 and 1851.  His wife Mehitable died in 1852 and he married Louisa Hill sometime before 1856.  He worked as a farmer in Sanford living on Boom Road until moving to Saco sometime before 1865 and according to Samuel Burham Shackford Genealogy manuscript, he was a Republican and a Baptist. Christopher wrote his will on April 14, 1869 mentioning his son Granville and two daughters Serena and Georgiana and his second wife Louisa.  He died in Saco, Maine on April 2, 1870 and was buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine.

CHILDREN:

with Mehitable:

Granville Shackford (1840-1916) – served in civil war, lived in Saco, Maine, married Melvina D Currier

Serena Shackford (1843-1905) – married Elbridge L Sawyer

Georgianna Shackford (1846-1882) – lived in Saco, Maine

with Louisa:

Charles Shackford (1856-1858)

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SOURCES:

1840 US Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Sanford, Page 151 (stamped), Christopher Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013).

1850 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Town of Sanford, Page 275 (penned), 138 (stamped), Dwelling 341, Family 355, Christopher Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.com : accessed 12 August 2013).

1860 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, Page No 146, dwelling 1078, family 1083, Christopher Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 October 2013).

Bradbury Charles, History of Kennebunkport, From Its First Discovery by Bartholomew Gossnold, May 14, 1602, to A.D. 1837 (Kennebunk: James K. Remich, 1837), page 273; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 23 January 2019.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 August 2014), Mehitable Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 93426801.

History of York County, Maine: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers (York County (Me): Higginson Book Company, 1880), Page 371; digital images, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 August 2013.

Maine, Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Sanford Town Record, Film # 007724810, Image 502 of 797, Christopher Shackford marriage intention Mehitible Maddox, 21 September 1838; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 January 2019).

Maine “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 14 October 2013), Christopher Shackford m. Mehitable Maddox 10 Oct 1838.

(Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980), Family Search, digital images (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2241461 : accessed 24 December 2013), Christopher Shackford, image 1296; Nathan Hill Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980, Sears, Louisa-Sharp, Lee.

“Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” digital images with index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 25 January 2019), Christopher Shackford marriage intention Mehitible Maddox; Kennebunk Records of Intention of Marriage Film # 007595725 , page 78, Image 378 of 466.

Shackford collection by Samuel Burnham Shackford; New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. #133, Christopher Shackford.

United States. Census Office. 6th Census 1840, A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary Or Military Service:: With Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census, Volumes 840-843 (1841), Page 3; digital images, Google eBook (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 August 2013.

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My DNA Matches Eight Shackford Descendents – will other Shackford Descendents Test to Increase the Knowledge of Shackford Ancestors? (Blog 487)

About a year ago I took an Ancestry DNA test and had 68 Shared Ancestor Hints and 667 4th cousins or closer and was in 8 DNA Circles.  DNA Story Ancestry JoanneIn one year, these numbers have increased significantly! As of Jan 1, 2019, I have 94 Shared Ancestor Hints and 972 4th cousins or closer, and 13 DNA Circles.  I’ve corresponded with many of  the descendents of my shared Ancestors and shared the information I’ve gathered about these shared ancestors.  In some cases, folks have graciously shared copies of photos and newspaper articles that they have inherited about these shared ancestors.

In the past month I’ve focused on my shared SHACKFORD ancestors who I found by clicking on the 972 4th cousins or closer box, then entering Shackford into the Search Matches box, then researching their shared matches.  I wrote to those who have private family trees — some responded, others didn’t and also reviewed and flushed out some the trees of those with whom I share DNA until I found the shared ancestor.

Here’s the DNA connections with seven different Shackford descendents that I found (names deleted to keep their privacy).   I thank them for sharing their DNA with Ancestry or Family Tree DNA and for corresponding with me as we jointly tried to find the ancestral links.

My hope is that over time, these individuals and or other Shackford descendents will share their DNA with My Heritage, FamilyTree DNA, or GEDMATCH so that we can determine which chromosomes are shared amid Shackford ancestors and jointly learn more about this family history.

My DNA Matches

1. 2018 Dec 30, XXXX XXXXX 2,468 centimorgans shared across 63 DNA segments, MY SISTER

2. 2018 Dec 30, XXXXX XXXXX, FTDNA match of 50 cm, 10 cm longest segment WILLIAM SHACKFORD & MERCY ROSE via daughter Emeline Shackford m Peter Cushing [my ancestor WILLIAM BROWN SHACKFORD] FOURTH COUSIN (Larger DNA matches on chromosomes 3, 13, and 21)

3. 2018 Dec 20, XXXXX XXXX, 30.0 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment SAMUEL SHACKFORD & MARY COOMBS via daughter Susannah Shackford m Joseph Connick, [my ancestor LEVI SHACKFORD], SIXTH COUSIN

4. 2018 Dec 21, XXXX XXXX, 19.5 centimorgans shared across 2 DNA segments, SAMUEL SHACKFORD & MARY COOMBS via daughter Susannah Shackford m Joseph Connick [my ancestor LEVI SHACKFORD], SIXTH COUSIN ONCE REMOVED

5. 2018 Dec 21, XXXXXX, 11.0 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment, SAMUEL SHACKFORD m MARY COOMBS via daughter Susannah Shackford m Joseph Connick to William Shackford Connick, [my ancestor LEVI SHACKFORD] SIXTH COUSIN

6. 2018 Jul 28, xxxxxxxx, 6.1 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment, JOSHUA SHACKFORD & ELIZABETH BARNES via son Paul Shackford [my ancestor SAMUEL SHACKFORD]l, SEVENTH COUSIN TWICE REMOVED, no shared matches [Note:  this is a very small DNA match so still verifying

7. 2018 Dec 20,  xxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx, 12.0 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment, includes George Franklin Shackford, match at WILLIAM SHACKFORD and DEBORAH TRICKEY via Samuel Shackford [my ancestor JOSHUA SHACKFORD], 8th COUSIN

8. 2018 Dec 21, xxxxx xxxxx, 9.1 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment, WILLIAM SHACKFORD m DEBORAH TRICKEY via daughter Mary Shackford m Henry Nutter, [my ancestor JOSHUA SHACKFORD], EIGHTH COUSIN ONCE REMOVED

I’m hoping this blog might encourage other Shackford descendents to test their DNA.  I’d be glad to help others flush out their trees in these tools to maximize the matches.

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Franklin P Shackford, of Chester, NH, One of Dr Rufus Shackford’s 13 Heirs (Blog 476)

Franklin P Shackford heir of Rufus Shackford CHESTER, The Derry Enterprise (Derry, New Hampshire), 16 February 1906
The Derry Enterprise, 16 February 1906

Franklin P. Shackford is one of the
13 heirs to the property of his uncle,
Dr. Rufus Shackford, of Portland, Me.
Mrs George Currier and sister are
two of the other heirs living in Chester.

Dr Rufus F Shackford was born December 17, 1816 in Chester, New Hampshire to Samuel and Harriet (Currier) Shackford.  He married twice – Louisa Cummings and Mary Ann Bateman, both of whom who died before Rufus.  He died at the age of 85 on September 24, 1902. Based on the above newspaper article, we believe the probate occurred four years after his death in 1906.   We can’t find copy of his probate records online at this time as these years are not yet available digitally.

We believe that George Currier mentioned in the article was the son of Rufus’s sister Abigail and John Currier but are not sure which sister is referred in the article.  Here’s a list of the other possible heirs:

Children of John Currier & Abigail Shackford: Eliza J Currier, Charles R Currier, Helen Abbie Currier Coates, and George Washington Currier

Children of John Shackford: Georgiana Shackford Allard, Samuel Shackford, and George Franklin Shackford

Children of Jonathan Shackford:  Franklin Pierce Shackford and Olive A Shackford Symmes (died in 1903)

Children of William Adams Rice and Sarah Shackford: Albert William Rice and Charlotte Adelaide Rice Holbrook (unsure when she died)

Children of George Shackford:  George Alonzo Shackford and Hannah Elizabeth Shackford

Children of Luther Calvin Shackford:  Luther L Shackford

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SOURCES:

“CHESTER,” The Derry Enterprise (Derry, New Hampshire), 16 February 1906; digital images, (http://derry.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 16 July 2018).

Maine “Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910,” index, FamilySearch(http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 5 April 2015), Rufus Shackford MD d 24 Sep 1902.

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Samuel Shackford (1761-1844) of Wells, Maine, Revolutionary War Pensioner (Blog 475)

Samuel Shackford, the son of Paul and Eunice (Day) Shackford was born on July 24, 1761 in Wells, Maine.  He was only 18 on June 6, 1780 when he served for eight months with the men mustered by Nathaniel Wells to defend the eastern part of Massachusetts. After the completion of his enlistment, he returned to Wells where he married Sarah Whittum on March 4, 1784.  He later moved to Sanford, Maine where he worked as a farmer.  Samuel remained in Sanford where he married Eunice Day on November 15, 1787 and Charity Cousins on November 18, 1805.

In response to the Revolutionary War Act of June 7, 1832, Samuel gave the following testimony documenting his service:

Samuel Shackford Page_4_Revolutionary_War_Pension_and_BountyLand_Warrant_Application_Files

Maine District of
Special District Court of the U States
Kennebunk August 7 1832

On this seventh day of August aforesaid personally appeared
in open Court before the District Judge

Samuel Shackford a resident of Sanford in the
county of York, and state of Maine aged seventy one
years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth
on his oath make the following declaration in order
to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed-
June 7th 1832.
That he served as herein stated.
I enlisted at Wells (now Kennebunk) in the state
Maine, in April 1780 in Capt Daniel Clarks company
for the term of eight months – we marched to Portland
in the same state, where we were principally employed
in erecting works of defense during the full period of
my enlistment or until some time in December of
that year, when we were dismissed and returned home
There were five companies in the corps to which I
belonged and were commanded by Col Prime of York –
Nathan Lord of Berwick, I think was Adjutant, and
Gen Wardsmoth commanded at Portland during said
time. I was born in Wells in the year 1761 and have
resided now about forty years in Sanford, in this state
adjoining to Wells. I enlisted and served voluntarily
as above stated. I have no other record of my age except
that which my father kept in the great Bible I now have.
All my neighbors can state my general character for that
Mr David Day resides near me, and also Mr Samuel Cole
and Mr David Clark, and others who are respectable.

He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity
except the present, and declares that his name is note on the
pension role of the agency of any state Samuel Shackford (signed)
sworn to and subscribed this day and your aforesaid.
Before
Arthur Wise U.S. Judge for the
District of Maine
Know the said Court do hereby declare their opinion that
the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and
served in the states.

Samuel’s testimony did not mention the name of his father but does refer to his father’s Bible which he now has in his possession.  We assume it’s the same Bible which was referred to as “Bible per Granville Shackford” (his grandson) in Samuel Burnham Shackford’s Shackford Genealogy manuscript which is the only source we’ve found for Samuel’s parents, Samuel’s birth date, and a list of his children.  Hoping the Bible is saved somewhere or at least a transcription of those pages are within the Samuel Collection. (There were boxes and boxes of material and I only had 6 hours to review the materials — hoping to be back someday.)

Samuel is listed in the 1840 census as a pensioner and received his final pension payment in the third quarter of 1844.  He died on 9 Sept 1844 and is buried on Mouse Lane in Sanford, Maine. In 2009 I corresponded with a wonderful gentleman who described how to find the gravestone, shared that Samuel’s gravestone was worn and damaged to the point that it was unreadable but he was making sure a flag was placed on Samuel’s grave.

CHILDREN:

Andrew Shackford  (1795-1858) – married his cousin Hannah Shackford

Sarah Shackford (1789-????)

Robert Shackford  (1793-????)

Eunice Shackford (1806-1822)

Christopher Shackford (1809-1870) – married Mehitable Maddox and Louisa Hill

Susan Shackford (1811-1883) – married John Thompson

Bethia Shackford (1813-1815)

Lusanna Shackford (1821-1870) – married Freeman Goodwin

[Samuel is my first cousin six times removed with a shared relative Joshua Shackford and Elizabeth Barnes]

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SOURCES:

Emery Edwin, William Morell Emery, The History of Sanford, Maine. 1661-1900.(Fall River, Mass: William Morell Emery, 1901), page 83; digital images, Google eBook(http://www.books.google : accessed 21 October 2013.

“Index to Final Pension Payment Vouchers, compiled 1818 – 1864,” digital images, Fold3(https://www.fold3.com : accessed 8 July 2017), Samuel Shackford

Maine Society Sons of the American Revolution MESSAR(http://www.messar.org/patriots.html : accessed 5 January 2014), .

“Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,” digital images, Fold3(http://www.fold3.com : accessed 2 July 2018), Samuel Shackford.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War. A Compilation From the Archives(Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co, 1906), page 2; digital images, Mocavo(www.mocavo.com : accessed 15 February 2014.

“Shackford Genealogy Manuscript,” 13 October 1925; typed manuscript, SG SHA 5; Shackford collection. [manuscript] by Samuel Burnham Shackford, Shackford collection. [manuscript] SG SHA 5; New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Military Monday – Mrs Abby Augusta (Hill) Meserve References Samuel Shackford’s Service as Basis of Her Daughters of the American Revolution Application (Blog 458)

Abby Augusta Hill, the daughter of Levi Gerrish and Abigail  Burnham (Shackford) Hill was born August 16, 1842 in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  She lived with her parents until her marriage to Major William Neal Meserve on November 30, 1864.

William served another term in the military from  December 14, 1864 to June 17, 1865 and then the new family lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts with William’s father Isaac in 1865.  He must have needed time to rest as he had served at the Battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Sulphur Springs, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, Campbell’s Sta., Knoxville, Spottslyvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburgh, Weldon R. R., and Peebles Farm.  They moved to Norfolk, Virginia before 1870 where William worked as a dentist.  He then pursued the ministry obtaining a degree from the Theological Institute and was ordained in 1874 in Santa Cruz, California.  He lived in Oakland, Antioch, Philadelphia and Durango before the family settled in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1880 where William worked as a clergyman.

By 1881 the family was in Durango, Colorado and in June 1885 William moved the family to El Paso, Colorado.  Sometime thereafter William abandoned the family and moved to California alone.

Abby remained in Colorado and around 1897 applied for and was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution as member 21103.

DAR Lineage Mrs Abby Hill Meserve Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Wash

MRS. ABBY HILL MESERVE. 21103
Born in Somersetworth, New Hampshire [should probably be Somersworth, New Hampshire, jsp]
Wife of Maj. William Neal Meserve.
Descendant of Capt. Samuel Shackford and of Solomon
Buzell, of New Hampshire.
Daughter of Levi Gerrish Hill, A. M., M. D., and Abigail Burn-
ham Shackford, his wife.
Granddaughter of Andrew Neal Hill and Sallie Leighton, his wife;
Samuel Shackford and Nancy Buzell, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Samuel Shackford, Jr., and Nancy Walker, his
wife; Solomon Buzell and Elizabeth Burnham, his wife.
Gr.-gr-grandaughter of Samuel Shackford and Mary Elizabeth
Marshall King, his wife.
Samuel Shackford (1728-1812), served in the Rhode Is-
land and Burgoyne campaignes. He was born in Newington;
died in Portsmouth, N.H.
Solomon Buzell, (1761-1812), served in the Rhode Island
campaign, 1778. He died in Northwood, N.H.
Also Nos. 14175, 15093, 19352

In 1900, Abby was living in Grand Junction, Colorado with her son Richard and a cousin, Mary Kingsley Shackford. She remained in Grand Junction until her death due to pneumonia at the age of 70 on December 21, 1912.  She was buried with her parents in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire.   Her husband William Neal Meserve who had moved to California around 1886 died in  San Diego and was buried there in the Mount Hope Cemetery

CHILDREN:

Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) – dry goods, textile manufacturing, collector of civil war photographs, married Edith Turner

William Curtis Meserve (1868-1950) – married Olive A Dodgion

Richard Earle Meserve (1871-1953) – mechanical engineer, married Lola Eudora

John Shackford Meserve (1873-1955) – physician,  married Edith Johnson Connor

Philip French Meserve (1876-????) – believe he died young

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

Note:  Information found in these older Lineage Books is not necessarily sufficient proof to use for a descendent’s application for acceptance into the Daughters of the American Revolution – a future DAR applicant may also need to provide additional information proving their descendent relationships.

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dover, page 109 (penned), 55 (stamped), dwelling 567, family number 857, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1860 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Ward 3, Dover City, Page No 103, dwelling 542, family 835, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Norfolk County, population schedule, Roxbury, dwelling 105, family 117, Isaac H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk, Page No 25, dwelling 171, family 226, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Litchfield, County, Connecticut, population schedule, Harwinton, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 28, Page No 1, dwelling 3, family 3, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 August 2015).

1885 Colorado State Census, El Paso, population schedule, , William Meserve; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017)

1900 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 74, Sheet No 7A, dwelling 182, family 163, Abby H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 94, Sheet 5A, dwelling 91 family 97; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Washington, D.C.: 1906), page 37; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com :

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States San Francisco (San Francisco: 20 November 1895), Meeting Agenda Nov 20, 1895; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 23 October 2017.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Wm. N. Meserve and Abbie A. Hill, 30 November 1864; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2015).

“North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977: NH, Strafford: Dover-Pine Hill,” digital images, AmericanAncestors (https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 13 September 2017), Buckleys buried in Pine Hill (no 1074, p, 256).

Note:  Update re proper spelling of Somersworth NH thanks to a suggestion by Janice at Genealogy Bloggers on 1 Nov 2017.

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Sunday’s Obituary – George Shackford of East Boston (1818-1888) “Life’s Contract Fulfilled” (Blog 457)

We love the title of George Shackford’s obituary – “LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED”

George Shackford, the seventh child of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford was born on August 6, 1818 in Chester, New Hampshire.  When he was 23, his father died and left him $1 as a token of remembrance – the homestead in Chester given to George’s older brother Jonathan.

According to William Cutter’s Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4, George moved to Boston at a young age beginning his profession as a wharf and bridge builder.  We find him in Boston by 1845 living at 7 Gouch St.  He was listed as wharf builder at the age of 33 on April 13, 1853 when he married Rutha Elizabeth Crosby, the daughter of Alonzo and Rutha (Bemis) Crosby.  The next year, he and his brother Richard were formally authorized to build a wharf in East Boston.  According to Cutter he was responsible for repairing wharfs along Atlantic Avenue in Boston and in East Boston and rebuilt the Meridian Street Bridge in Chelsea.  George continued with his occupation of wharf building and bridge contractor living at 98 Decatur, Boston, 69 Saratoga St, and eventually 76 Saratoga St where he died.  George died of complications of Bright’s Disease in Boston at the age of 70 on December 30, 1888. This obituary was published in the Boston Globe the next day:

Obituary George Shackford 1818-1888 Boston Daily Globe December 31, 1889
Boston Daily Globe, 31 Dec 1888

LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED

Death of George Shackford of East Boston

George Shackford, one of the oldest and
most prominent citizens of East Boston,
died at his home, 76 Saratoga street, yester-
day after a lingering illness, of
Bright’s disease. Mr. Shackford was 70
years of age and resided nearly all his life
in East Boston. He carried on a very suc-
cessful business as a bridge contractor until
two years ago when he was stricken down
with the disease which caused his death.
He was a most interesting companion and
was universally respected. The date of the
funeral has not yet been settled upon. Mr
Shackford leaves a widow, one son and a
daughter, both of whom are married and
reside in East Boston.

George’s wife Rutha died at the age of 84 on June 13, 1914 in Boston.  They were both buried at the Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

CHILDREN:

George Alonzo Shackford (1854-1942) – worked with his father in the bridge and wharf building business – married  Mary Pinkham and Alice Blaker Pote.

Hannah Elizabeth Shackford (1856-1907) – married William G Grady

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SOURCES:

Cutter William Richard, A. M , editor, Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908), page 1804; digital images, Google E-Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 13 September 2013.

“LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED Death of George Shackford of East Boston,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 December 1888; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 19 September 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , George Shackford m Ruth E Crosby, 13 April 1853; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 31 March 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the City of Boston for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty-eight, page 438, George Shackford, death, 30 December 1888; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, , Rutha E Shackford, 13 June 1914; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 15 August 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , George Shackford, 6 August 1818; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 September 2013); “New Hampshire, Birth Records, through 1900.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1854 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, n.d.), Page 81; 1854, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 July 2017.

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